Sky Bet League One: Accrington Stanley vs Bradford City – Match Preview

Accrington Stanley vs Bradford City. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia)

Accrington Stanley host struggling Bradford City on Saturday as they chase the top six.

Stanley lost away to Shrewsbury last week after playing with ten men for 74 minutes. However, they bounced back with a win in the Football League Trophy against Macclesfield in midweek.

Coming into the game, John Coleman’s men are seventh in the league and one point outside of the Play-Offs after 12 games.

Bradford City are currently 22nd in League Two and have won just three games all season. The Bantams were also knocked out of the Football League Trophy by Oldham on Tuesday.

Stanley manager John Coleman has encouraged fans to come to the game this weekend. Speaking to the official club website he said: “This is a club that’s growing, and you can have a really, really good time coming here.

“The match day experience is good and you can bring your family down and it’s not going to cost you the earth.”

The two sides haven’t played each other in the league in nearly six years but Stanley won an FA Cup tie 2-1 back in 2016.

Team News

Stanley are still without captain Seamus Conneely who is struggling with a groin injury and won’t be back until November. Goalkeeper Connor Ripley is suspended after receiving a red card against Shrewsbury last week.

Bradford are still without the injured Hope Akpan and Jim O’Brien but manager David Hopkin hopes Eoin Doyle will be available. Midfielder Sean Scannell will start his three game ban after being sent off against Sunderland.

Predicted Xl’s

Accrington Stanley: Maxted; Johnson, Hughes, Ihiekwe, Anderton; Clark, Brown, Barlaser, Finley, McConville; Kee

Bradford City: O’Donnell; Mellor, O’Connell, McGowan, Riley; Payne, Wright, Ball, Wood, Knight-Percival; Miller